|Made in African Print Shorts...my favorite!|
The Easter holidays are over so soon. :( Well, it was my best and most memorable Easter so far although i didnt go hang-gliding as planned. No matter. Church service was awesome, a day at Hillburi was simply relaxing and time spent with family in the dark during Easter Sunday evening was humorous and Easter Monday was crowned with Fashion galore at the #fghshop festival.
Anyway, this isnt a post about chilling during the holidays (dont you just love the above picture?) Hehehee...
Last year if you remember i put up a post about the FashionistaGh Shopping Festival and the events which took place there. Well this year, the event branded as #fghshop Easter 2013 (Twitter handle) was a 3-day affair, and as usual it was made up some of Ghana's finest upcoming and established fashion creatives from SA4A, PoquaPoqu, Kenzo's Place, Denkyi, Chocolate, Chic Accessories, The Body Butter Company, Twist & Locs, Printex to Glitz Magazine. Although i missed the first day because i was idling in that pool up there; i made it through the rest of the two days and i have to admit it was so much more entertaining, better quality products and more enlightening than last years.
The Fashion show which took place on the last day (1st April) killed it, kudos to my guys Ob Abenser and Guud Kelly for spicing things up with that.
My only critique is that, there weren't enough food vendors around, so guys please next time, invite the Kenkey sellers, Waakye, Check Check and Fufu caterers to come feed the populace of the event. I realised also that the sellers had better and improved products which ranged from Fabric covered shoes, bags, bangles, sunglass cases, earrings, slippers, necklaces to beads, natural-based skin products etc. Price-wise i would say was a bit moderate for some sellers who had discounted their items.
Some did stay on the high side which explained their empty stands. Salon & Spa shops like Kenzo's Place offered free make-up sessions whilst TeamThousandWords also offered free photo-shoot sessions for all. I cant wait to see mine. It was good to see the MC's of the event Agnes Ntow and Kwesi Kwatia engaging with the sellers on their products. This gave each person to talk about their products, location and prices.
Kwesi Ntow & Agnes Ntow (MC's)
In terms of development much work needs to be done in terms of the art of handmade products in Ghana. You know how when someone comes out with an idea to cover shoes with fabric and then everyone latches on? Well, i couldn't distinguish between the brands. I was telling one sales-guy that if i buy the GHC60 shoe he was selling, who would be able to tell that it was his brand? All the shoes looked the same to me quite frankly. I think more work needs to be done in terms of creating distinguishing products and refrain from copying ditto ditto.
The crowd turnout was also encouraging compared to last years. If you missed this event, have no fear. FashionistaGh has plans for another event around Farmers Day holiday this year.
Ob Abenser getting his hair did by Kuorkor of Twist n Locs
Anyway, enjoy these photos i took and if you have a comment, please go ahead and post! :)
Kwaku Zee and Madam Lucy (my designer)
Hairband made from African Print
Bib Necklaces made from cover buttons
Skin & Hair products made from Natural ingredients by The Body Butter Company
Me at SA4A's stand
Guud Kelly holding his waist...lol!
The lifestyle of the Ghanaian is slowly turning back towards the use of her own products and natural resources to enhance their lives. Good.
Here are a few shots of the Fashion show featuring some of the designers present at the event. My attempt at Fashion Photography. I had to use my Canon 24-70mm 2.8 which you know doesn't have an IS so i had to rely on my steady hands. Not bad. *pats herself on the back*
Chocolate came up next and i was so fixated on the shine shine 'boboo' guys that i almost forgot what i had to focus on until Kwaku Zee reminded me to focus on the shoes and not the clothing. Whew!
Shoes by Chocolate
Beautiful African Shirt for men